Water is the New Oil: Planning for a Changing Climate
Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2009
"Democrats in both houses laid out their plans for how we manage one of the most critical issues in the state in the era of climate change: the San Joaquin Valley/Sacramento delta water issues.
"Neither the delta ecosystem nor the state's water needs have been well served by decades of benign neglect," said Silicon Valley Sen. Joe Simitian, author of one of five bills in the package and chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. "The system of governance is broken and the system of conveyance is broken." (LA Times 8/6/09)
Despite the fact that consumer usage accounts for only around 20% of overall usage, we need to ensure that we aren't using more than we absolutely need. While water is a fundamental right of living, and should be kept cheap, we should understand just how much value it truly has. One of the bills in this package, AB 49 would require 20% conservation from all users. This is a laudable goal as we move forward into a changing climate." Web Link
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